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Beetroot Cultivation In Backyard Organic And No Fertilizers
Soil preparation is very important whether you want to plant the beetroots in pots or in the garden. Hence always use a medium-rich, well-drained soil that has been slackened with a garden fork. Also, add some compost and manure and stack the soil to improve drainage.
As the beetroot seeds have a solid outer coating hence it is better to soak them in a glass of water for the whole night before sowing. This will soften the seeds and promote germination. And if you are planting the seedlings then tenderly pull them apart and plant it at a distance of about 5 to 10cm to allow adequate space to grow.
To make sure that the beetroot is tender and juicy you must water it regularly ad carefully. Keep the soil damp, not fully wet, until the seeds have germinated. Then water it regularly for the first month and prevent it from getting dry.A balanced supply of nutrients will help produce tasty beetroot and good-quality leaves. Also, use a liquid seaweed feed and fish fertilizer once a fortnight.
The best time to harvest the beetroot is when they are young i.e. about 2 to 3 months after planting. Often known as baby beets, these will be sweeter and juicier. The bigger they grow, the tougher they are and you will get less taste from it and the best way to pull them up is to slacken the soil around the beetroot and smoothly pull the plants until it dislodges.